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Innocent Spouse Relief Expanded

By filing a joint income tax return, spouses make themselves liable for all of the income tax due on their combined income. While filing a joint return can provide significant advantages, it also can create an unfair burden...more

Does the settlor of a trust have standing to seek its enforcement in the courts?

As a general rule, any beneficiary of a trust would have standing to seek its enforcement in the courts. The Restatement (Third) of Trusts is sending mixed signals as to whether the settlor of a trust, qua settlor, would have...more

The constructive general inter vivos power of appointment: A trap for the unwary trustee and his counsel

The constructive general inter vivos power of appointment is the product of the marriage of power of appointment doctrine and creditors’ rights doctrine. It is a topic that is taken up in §4.1.3 of Loring and Rounds: A...more

Discerning the true settlor of a trust

The person designated in the terms of a trust as its settlor (creator) may not necessarily be its true settlor (creator). Appearances are often deceiving in the world of the trust. Charles E. Rounds, Jr. explains in §8.43 of...more

Married Same-Sex Couples Should File Protective Claims For Tax Refunds Now

When the Supreme Court ultimately decides United States v. Windsor, it could strike down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that prohibits married same-sex couples from receiving the federal benefits provided...more

For Better or For Worse, Court Finds Joint 998 Offer To Husband and Wife Sufficient Basis For Expert Witness Fees and Costs Award

In Farag v. ArvinMeritor Inc., 2012 DJDAR 5206 (April 24, 20120), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed a post-judgment order denying plaintiffs’ motion to tax expert witness costs....more

Wealth Management Update - July 2011

In This Issue: - July Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - Malpractice claim against an estate was too uncertain to be deductible as...more

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